The Secret Lives Of People In Love
"Simon Van Booy's stories have the power and resonance of poems. They stay with you like a significant memory."-Roger Rosenblatt
"Van Booy is a remarkable young writer. Taste, touch, smell, sight and sound, in spite of their evanescence, are frozen for a moment in these stories and celebrated, along with their subtle interconnection, in all the aspects of love."-Fred Volk...more
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Sinds Alice Munro zoek ik echter zelfs verhalenbundels op. Simon van Booy was een naam die ik op verschillende blogs tegenkwam. De kaft viel op, de titel is prachtig en enkele quotes die ik tegenkwam waren te overtuigend om te kunnen negeren. Het resultaa...more
I'll start off with the things I like then, hmm?: there were some stories that did work for me. I really liked "Apples," about the Russian shoemaker who plants an orchard in Brooklyn to remember his daughter. I also really liked "Snow Falls and Disappears," which deals with love's abandonment and how a man deludes himself to go on properly....more
Usually a story will incorporate several kinds of love - friendship, family, romance, and compare the two.
A rather large number of the stories show love overcoming some sort of obstacle - death, illness, etc., but somehow the tragedies that are at the heart of some of the shorts become more hopeful in the context of the love that supports and consoles them.
I actually cried quite...more
It is almost like a fine wine... you inhale (it) gently, swirl it around just a bit to observe its delicate colours, and then take the first tentative sip. With each sip, it becomes sweeter and lingers longer in your mouth.
Do read this book. If nothing else, it will make you pause and appreciate the tenderness and beauty of simple moments, and acknowledge that often-abused emot...more
This is the best book I have ever read in my lil life! Seriously, I read a section from it every day and will hopefully until I leave this place. I am completely and unequivocally in love with Mr. Booy's writing and if a book could be my...more
‘The Secret Lives of People in Love’ is a collection of nineteen short stories. Most of them are about love and loss, sometimes about love regained. But mos...more
I don't read too many story collections; I think the...more
I read the P.S. edition, which incl...more
The Secret Lives of People in Love is a quick read, coming in just shy of 200 pages. But do not allow it's length to underwhelm you. Simon Van Booy manages to squeeze an insane amount of love, loss, grief, and heartbreak into each and every one of his short stories.
A few that caught my heart and gave it a little tug:
The Reappearance of Strawberries walks in on a dying man in a hospital who requests a bowl of strawberries. Though he cannot eat them, he struggles to breathe in t...more
In each story, Van Booy sprinkles beautifu...more
Lovely and quiet.
The Rest of It:
This collection of short stories was sent to me some time ago. I can remember the day clearly. It arrived, I plunked myself down to read the first story, sighed and then placed the book on my nightstand. You might think it odd, but for me, it was the perfect reaction. The writing in that first story blew me away. I think I was a little bit awestruck and needed to take some time to process the beauty of the words themselves.
What happened next was od...more
(http://dangerouslychallenge.blogspot....) and I thought I would read a couple stories yesterday and scatter the rest throughout the month. But! I started reading and could. not. stop. Seriously. I couldn't. I stayed up way past my bedtime and read all the stories last night. The whole time I was moving toward the end, I was begging myself to stop and savor all the stories. I devoured it all while wanting it to never end. This collectio...more